Colonoscopy, a Pain in the Ass #It’sSix-SentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Because I don’t drive, I need to call our local transit service here in Sheridan, Wyoming, to reserve a ride in advance whenever I need to go anywhere that’s not within walking distance or when the weather is bad. Recently, I was notified that it was time to schedule my colonoscopy, which was recommended that I have done every ten years. I called and was told that I would need to see the nurse-practitioner before the procedure could be scheduled, and an appointment was made for December 9th at 8:20 a.m.

But when I called the transit service, I was told they couldn’t fit me in then. I called the gastroenterologist’s office, and because the only other available appointment in December conflicted with my lunchtime music livestream I’d scheduled at the senior center, I was told I would need to call back around the middle of December to schedule an appointment for January. Oh, well, I wasn’t looking forward to having that colonoscopy, anyway.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above true story with her six-sentence prompt, in which the given word is “reserve.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

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This coming Saturday, December 4th, I’ll be signing copies of my new book, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, from 1-3 p.m. at Sheridan Stationery Books and Gifts here in Sheridan, Wyoming. If you’re in my neck of the woods, please stop by. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page to learn more.

You’re also invited to attend my state poetry society’s monthly virtual reading on December 12th at 5 p.m. mountain time. You can share a poem or two or just listen. Click here for details.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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It’s Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up! #WordPressWednesday

Have you ever wondered exactly where I get inspiration for the six-sentence stories I present each week? The link I include in my posts takes you directly to where you can enter the hop, but do you know anything about Girlie on the Edge, the blogger who facilitates this hop? Well, now you have a chance to not only learn more about her but also to think about creating your own six-sentence story, poem, or essay. The prompt word this week is “handle.” So, after reading the hop rules, open your word processer, and start writing. Stay tuned for my contribution, which will go live tomorrow.

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Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge and another edition of Six Sentence Stories!
Another edition of a blog hop that has survived. Survived the insistent demands of daily life and its responsibilities; the megaphones of media, demanding we pay attention. We are special. We, who gather at the “Edge each week, possess words to transport us above and beyond our immediate reality, beyond the ever present present. We can go anywhere we want. Because we’re writers. Imagination is our currency. Six Sentence Stories offers the challenge to write and link a story comprised of 6, and only 6, sentences. Any genre. Flash fiction, science fiction, humor, memoir-ette or mystery, the next scene in an upcoming book or current serial story or perhaps a spot of poetry.
Write the words. Share the words. It’s what we do.

Rules of the hop:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current…

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First Line Fiction (12) #WordPressWednesday

Fellow blogger Beetley Pete has been participating in a daily fiction challenge where he’s given a first line and must complete the story from there. Today’s contribution reminds me of a time when I flew from Wyoming to Florida to visit my brother and couldn’t make it to Billings, Montana, to catch my flight. Enjoy!

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The first line of this fictional short story was sent to me by one of my longest and very best blogging friends, Cindy Bruchman. A published author and blogger, Cindy lives in Arizona, USA, where she works as a teacher. https://cindybruchman.com/

“On a bitterly cold January morning, after saving for two years, he had enough money to buy a plane ticket to Arizona to visit his friend Cindy.”

Travelling in an English winter was never going to be easy, and the day didn’t start out well. Pete had to get to Heathrow Airport, just west of London, and that was one hundred and thirty miles from his home in Beetley.

And there was something else. That old Jimmy Webb song sung by Glen Campbell was playing on repeat in his head.

“By the time I get to Phoenix…”

As well as a flight of over fourteen hours to anticipate, there…

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Why You Don’t Remember the Amazing Contributions of H.A. Largelamb #SocialMediaMonday

Have you ever heard of H.A. Largelamb? I haven’t, at least not until now. Check out this post from Commonplace Fun facts, and you’ll be surprised!

Commonplace Fun Facts

What do you know about the fantastic accomplishments of H.A. Largelamb? Don’t be so quick to say you never heard of him. Although you might not immediately recognize his name, you almost certainly have heard of him. Unquestionably, you have be influenced by his many accomplishments.


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The Hated Inventor and the Dreaded Thing He Created #WordPressWednesday

Did it ever occur to you that people would stop at nothing to keep someone from inventing something? Well, if I’ve piqued your curiosity, you can read this post from Commonplace Fun Facts and learn more.

Commonplace Fun Facts

Adolphe Sax Saxophone the hated inventor and the dreaded thing he created

Adolphe must have been the most unfortunate boy ever. He was certainly the most accident-prone. His mother concluded that he was “condemned to misfortune” and concluded that “he won’t live.”

It seemed as if nature knew that this seemingly innocent boy would grow up to invent something so utterly horrifying and threatening that mobs would demand his death.

Who was this unfortunate boy who was condemned to misfortune, and what monstrosity did he grow up to create?


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